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Celebrating heroism and compassion

Daily Echo:

12:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

EVERYWHERE you look there is heroism and good deeds, like the genuine compassion for Alex Lewis, the young man who has devastating injuries caused by a streptococcal infection and people who are raising money to aid this remarkable man and his family.

Posh pads would give Bargate area a big lift

Daily Echo: The Bargate in Southampton

12:27pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

IT was with great interest that I read of all the forthcoming developments in our city, and hope they come into fruition in the the fullness of time.

Caught by ‘cash machines’

Daily Echo: Speed cameras in Thurrock will be switched back on

12:25pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

RE Jim Brown’s comments on the cash machines – sorry, speed cameras – in Lances Hill, Southampton.

Summer brings out the best in nature

Daily Echo: Weather stats record hot and dry May for West Wiltshire

12:22pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

IN my long life I have always enjoyed the summers we have had – some better than others, of course.

Thanks for stroke help

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

12:19pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

MY husband and I would like to say a big thank you for all the care given to my husband following his stroke on September 4, 2014.

Memorable collection

Daily Echo:

12:17pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE fine weather and the generosity of the shoppers in the Shirley Precinct, plus the assistance from the staff in Sainsbury’s, made this a memorable collection.

No need for us to depend on Russian gas...

Daily Echo:

12:14pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

RUSSIA appears to be causing all kinds of problems in the East once again.

Driver’s timely braking saved me

Daily Echo: Palmerston Park, Southampton

11:59am Tuesday 29th July 2014

PLEASE convey my thanks and apologies to the driver who slammed on his brakes in time to save me as I foolishly tried to cross the road into the city park yesterday without looking at the fast approaching traffic.

Council ignores its moral obligation

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

11:56am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FEW days ago a correspondent wrote from Bitterne Park to complain that his blue bin had not been emptied.

Councillor’s ‘unwelcome interference’

Daily Echo: Councillor Dave Shields

5:34pm Monday 28th July 2014

Liberal Democrat councillor David Harrison may find time to sit on several different council bodies and public authorities in and around Hampshire but, thankfully, these do not include Southampton City Council.

Showing why Lib Dems are unelectable

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

R GRANT (Letters, July 14) amply demonstrates why the Lib Dems are inconsequential and virtually unelectable, and why some more fair-minded members of his party seek to disassociate themselves from his views.

They may be ugly but at least they’re green

Daily Echo:

5:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

I read the debate for and against wind farms with interest, but being a working man who left school well over 40 years ago I find the technical points above me. I just do not know enough to give an educated argument for either side.

Best to let UN handle Russia and Ukraine

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:15pm Monday 28th July 2014

Alan Kebbell (Letters, July 22) is calling for NATO to help the Ukrainian government to banish Russian separatists – especially as Americans have now lost their lives due to the present conflict.

A very foxy visitor to |our back garden...

Daily Echo:

5:14pm Monday 28th July 2014

I enclose a picture of a young fox taken enjoying the sunshine in our garden in Upper Shirley, Southampton.

Right thing to do...

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:10pm Monday 28th July 2014

AS a member of the Church of England, I am pleased to hear we are to have female bishops.

Not everyone trusts online banking, or has a computer

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

Having read of the fight of Fair Oak residents to keep their NatWest bank branch alive, I understand that Barclays is considering closing two branches in Southampton.

Rival city’s park and ride is another nail in the coffin

Daily Echo: Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

5:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

Am I the only one to notice the significance of a recent advertisement in the Echo, which says more about our city than the one it promotes – Portsmouth?

Memorial needs lift off

Daily Echo: Spitfire _ stage 2 brochure_NHDS_5.JPG

12:46pm Friday 25th July 2014

CAN I say on behalf of all the councillors a big thank you to John Hannides, Conservative councillor Bassett ward, for his presentation to the full council on the way forward for the much-awaited Spitfire Memorial for Mayflower Park when it’s redeveloped in the near future.

Can I use land?

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

12:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

I AM looking for clean land to use my metal detector in the Southampton area. Old sites, farmland or so. Can anyone help?

‘Dismayed’ by plan for water fluoridation

Daily Echo: Water firm in pledge to customers

12:33pm Friday 25th July 2014

I AM dismayed that Hampshire’s water supply is to be fluoridated.

Man to blame for decline in wildlife all over the world

Daily Echo: One of ten wolves that were released Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 in a wolf wildlife park in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France. The park, named "Alpha Center", is to be inaugurated in April 2005, and will be dedicated to "Wolf and man&qu

5:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I FOUND the Echo of July 18 to be one of real interest, re Richard Grant’s letter on Forest pollution.

Disgusted by the greed of bank’s fat cats

Daily Echo: BREAKING NEWS: Police have appealed for information after the glass door at the entrance to the Ammanford branch of Barclays Bank was smashed.

5:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

TALKING of Barclays Bank (Alan Blandford, July 19), I was so disgusted with the greed of bankers and the proposed closure of Barclays in Portswood (with doubtless loss of jobs and inconvenience for clients), that I left Barclays and went to Nationwide, where there are (correct me if I am wrong) no fat cats.

Worth making a song and dance about

Daily Echo: Young musicians gather at St Mary's Stadium with TV presenter Justin Fletcher to attempt to break the record for a ukulele playing ensemble

5:35pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I MUST congratulate Hampshire Music Service for encouraging more than 2,300 schoolchildren who took ukuleles to St Mary’s Stadium last Friday, in an attempt to beat the world record (currently standing at 2,139) for the greatest number of ukuleles being played in unison at one time and place.

World must face up to problem of over-population

Daily Echo: A picture showing the curvature of the earth taken from the balloon

5:34pm Thursday 24th July 2014

I WOULD like to reply to Mr L A O’Bee’s letter (July 19).

Getting to grips with the power struggle

Daily Echo: OPPORTUNITY: A solar panel farm, which could soon spring up in the North

5:33pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AT LAST one begins to understand Mrs Merkel’s logic in providing huge numbers of ‘free’ solar panels on houses/homes/ offices, bringing more coal-fired power stations on line and ensuring the nuclear power stations are not yet being demolished.

Lumps and bumps still a big problem

Daily Echo: £286k to spend on potholes

5:32pm Thursday 24th July 2014

POTHOLES, lumps and bumps are still a major problem in Southampton.

Velvet a sad loss

Daily Echo: A Velvet bus

5:27pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WE are very sorry the Velvet Bus Co has not been able to carry on providing our local passengers with its friendly service.

Striking teachers will lose day’s pay

Daily Echo: Teachers strike shuts schools

5:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

LET me reassure Mrs P Coleman (‘Striking teachers should face a fine’ July 18) that all striking teachers will be fined one day’s pay plus pension benefits.

Cyclists should pay tax and insurance

Daily Echo: RIDING HIGH: Cyclists Seth Baum, four, Adrian Carter and Nicola Richardson test one of the new trails near Sutton Bank Picture: Tony Bartholomew

5:25pm Thursday 24th July 2014

 I AM increasingly getting fed up of whingeing cyclists and their constant moaning about other road users.

Angry over ferry ‘greed’

Daily Echo: Red Osprey

2:57pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I HAD a booking at 10am for a ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight but due to a doctors appointment I had to change my booking. This was changed but I had to pay a charge of £9. Guess what, Red Funnel, you have lost yet another customer due to your greed.

Improve home choices

Daily Echo: Strict new rules are proposed on the use of estate agent boards

2:56pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WHEN do you ever see a single woman looking to choose her home in an estate agent’s window somewhere nice? It’s usually a couple based on the man’s income.

Roaring success

Daily Echo:

2:54pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the actors and the orchestra who made The Lion King musical at the Mayflower Theatre such a brilliant and unforgettable show. Don’t miss it – it’s fabulous!

Former students are having a say

Daily Echo:

2:52pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE arrogant and ignorant nonsense paraded by the editor of the Daily Echo in his article of July 18 on the sacking of ex-journalist Michael Gove is beautifully encapsulated in his final sentence: “It matters to generations of students, of course, but they don’t get a say.”

No roads dispute over Barton Farm

Daily Echo: Barton Farm

2:51pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YOUR article published recently entitled “Delay fear for Barton Farm over safety concerns” states that “work on Winchester’s largest housing development for 30 years could be delayed due to a highways dispute”.

EU needs co-operation to work

Daily Echo: The EU affects all of us

12:27pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MR. L O’Bee (Letters July 1) says that I live in two worlds, but, as his condescending statement on Mrs Shillabeer amply demonstrates, he lives in a world long since gone.

Time for NATO to make a stand?

Daily Echo: Nato Headquarters (2272131)

12:26pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WITH American lives lost in a civil airliner shot down over the Ukraine with weapons that can only have been supplied by Putin’s Russia, surely the time has now come for NATO to offer all the help needed by the Ukrainian government to get rid of all the Russian separatists who are murdering Ukrainians, and Americans now.

Independent Westminster pay rise

Daily Echo: Big Ben chimes as the School Council arrives.

12:26pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN HIS vitriolic letter about UKIP, David Furnell mentions the party’s proposed pay increase for MPs. In keeping with his own Europhile agenda, however, Mr Furnell fails to mention that this increase would apply only to members of an independent Westminster parliament, in the event of democratic self-government actually being restored to this country.

Help needed at diabetes event

Daily Echo: Worsening figures: greater awareness is needed of diabetes, say experts

5:38pm Monday 21st July 2014

WE need your help to find some of the estimated 10,000 people whose health is threatened by undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes in the Solent area.

Bitterne Park is the victim

Daily Echo: Bitterne Park Triangle

5:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

WHY is it that when there is a strike or inclement weather, Bitterne Park suffers more than most?

Cool down over ‘artificial’ windmills

Daily Echo: Outrage over £50m Hampshire windfarm plan

5:35pm Monday 21st July 2014

I’M at a loss to understand the antagonism to the “look” or appearance of the “artificial” windmills.

Is Pollution Levy under threat?

Daily Echo:

5:32pm Monday 21st July 2014

VERY interesting to see that Australia has broken ranks with world governments by performing a U-turn and removing their Pollution Levy which was introduced as a tax to pay for ‘Climate Change’ measures.

Israeli government before the Hague

Daily Echo: Palestinians run for cover from an Israeli strike on Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

5:28pm Monday 21st July 2014

I AM just wondering how long it will be before the Israeli government is called to stand before the war crimes tribunal at the Hague for the killing of innocent civilians, as was Slobodan Milosevic and Ratko Mladic for the slaughter in the safe haven of Srebrenica.

City no longer home of ocean sailing

Daily Echo:

5:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

READING that the finish of the Clipper ships’ return was London, can I please ask why our Southampton councillors have no vision?

‘Lost’ children, approach with caution

Daily Echo:

5:21pm Monday 21st July 2014

WITHOUT wishing to take any credit from Councillor Jacqui Rayment for a job well done (Echo, July 16) in the case of the lost child, and I appreciate it must be a parent’s worst nightmare when a child goes missing, I nevertheless question what might be the possible outcome in such a situation should the finder of young “lost” children be an unknown, everyday citizen or man/woman in the street.

Will we get a refund after rubbish strikes?

Daily Echo:

11:06am Friday 18th July 2014

WE are truly disgusted with the latest strike.

Let’s Rock! superb from start to finish

Daily Echo: Let's Rock 2014 on Southampton Common

11:29am Friday 18th July 2014

AFTER working the night on Friday, July 11, my hopper packed with food, hand wipes, deodorant and even loo roll, I set off to meet my sister and her partner on Saturday, July 12 at Southampton Common to watch Let’s Rock!

‘Stand up for your citizens’ Mr Letts

Daily Echo: Council leader Simon Letts.

11:23am Friday 18th July 2014

IN your article “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline” (Daily Echo, July 9), Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts talks about possible closures of Woodside Lodge Care Home for elderly people with dementia and day services for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities.

Saints players merry-go-round

Daily Echo: Les Reed

11:20am Friday 18th July 2014

READING the Daily Echo like I do every night, I saw a comment about Les Reed, a director of Southampton Football Club.

Letters were of very great interest to me

Daily Echo: Daily Echo

11:18am Friday 18th July 2014

I JUST have to convey my thanks to your newspaper. Not often, I must say, do I read so many items of interest in the Southern Daily Echo, but on Saturday, July 5 there were lots of items which were of particular interest to me.

Why doesn’t paying double make up for missing a month of council tax?

Daily Echo: Southampton Civic Centre home of the cash-strapped city council

11:16am Friday 18th July 2014

I'M CONFUSED! I missed a council tax payment in May, but paid two instalments in June.



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